File image of Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal.
File image of Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal.

In view of the sudden spike on COVID-19 positive cases in Assam, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday asked the health and family welfare department to ramp up COVID-19 testing in the state.

Convening a meeting to assess the COVID-19 situation in the state Sonowal said that considering the fact that the viral infection is spreading to more number of people, the existing mechanism of health in the state needs to vigorously promote testing and identity emerging hotspots.

He also emphasised on the need of adhering to the safety protocols in the containment zone and quarantine centres to control the spread of the disease.

The meeting also discussed the steps and protocols followed in providing clinical interventions to the positive cases and the facilities being given to quarantine centres, containment zones across the state.

The meeting also reviewed the existing protocols in the face of a sudden increase of infections in Guwahati and other towns of the state.

Endorsing the steps taken so far by the Health and Family Welfare in dealing with the novel coronavirus cases, Sonowal advocated on adding more teeth to deal with COVID-19 cases.

State health minister Himanta Biswa while giving a brief overview of the steps taken by his department, said that in the next 3-4 days 15 more diagnostic centres will be empowered to ramp up state’s bid to vigorous COVID-19 testing.

Principal Secretary Samir Kumar Sinha in the meeting said that to tackle positive cases apart from isolation beds for confirmed COVID-19 positive cases, isolation beds for suspected cases ICU, ventilators etc have been arranged.

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